Room 42 is where practitioners and academics meet to share knowledge about breaking research. In this episode, Carlos Evia explains how everyone can have intelligent content and how LwDITA can help with that.
Season 1, Episode 7 | 48 min
Intelligent content has been defined as content “designed to be modular, structured, reusable, format free, and semantically rich and, as a consequence, discoverable, reconfigurable, and adaptable” (Rockley et al., 2015, p. 1). Over the years, many technical communicators (and their managers and CFOs) have seen benefits of intelligent content, which include single sourcing, content reuse, and multichannel publishing. However, the evolution of intelligent content takes place on a slightly rocky path. Even in practitioner circles, there is pushback and criticism against some of the tools and standards that technical communicators use to produce and publish intelligent content.
Lightweight DITA (LwDITA) is a proposed approach for simplifying workflows behind the production of intelligent content. LwDITA is an evolution of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), which is a widely used standard for producing intelligent content in technical communication. One of the goals of LwDITA is to take the benefits of intelligent content beyond the field of technical communication and into professional communities that create and publish information for multiple delivery channels and audiences.
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Lightweight DITA subcommittee with OASIS: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=dita-lightweight-dita